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Police shoot and kill man in Lakewood lumber yard

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Police shot and killed a 37-year-old man Tuesday afternoon in a Lakewood lumber yard.

Officers were called to the lumber yard, in the 3600 block of 108h St. SW, around 1:15 p.m. for a report of a suspicious person, said Lt. Chris Lawler with Lakewood Police.

He said multiple people called 911 to report the man was running through the parking lot carrying a hooded jacket as if he was running from police.

The man jumped a fence into the lumber yard and climbed up 25 feet to hide in a pile of wood, Lawler said.

Officers found him and told him to put his hands up, but he refused and reached into his pocket, Lawler said. Officers then opened fire and wounded the man.

Officers got a ladder to climb up and reach the man and medics took him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died.

He was later identified as Daniel I. Covarrubias, 37, of Tacoma.

Tahvia Adams was in the area Tuesday afternoon and witnessed the shooting.

"It was pretty scary, because you don't usually see it," Adams said. "We see all the lights and sirens, but to actually see them up there. You don't want to see anybody getting hurt, whether they were doing something wrong or not."

Lawler said the two officers involved were both 10-year veterans of the department and had been police officers since 1999 and 2001. Both have been placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

On Tuesday evening, detectives said they had come to the conclusion that the man was not running from police, but it's still unclear why he was running.

The investigation is ongoing.

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